The selectmen on Tuesday night decided on what format they’ll use for interviewing the four police chief finalists on Monday, November 16.
Each candidate will be interviewed individually and in random order for 30 minutes starting at 6:30. The candidates will get to make opening and closing statements, with questioning by the selectmen in between. The selectmen will ask the same set of questions to each of the candidates.
The public is invited to observe the interviews, but they will not be able to ask questions of the candidates. At the end of the interview period, selectmen will open the meeting up to public comment.
“I hope there’s a good turnout, so people can see these candidates in action,” Chairman Sal Giorlandino said.
Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf stressed that she wants the public comment period “to be a positive discussion that’s going to be helpful to this board.”
The selectmen will make their final decision on Tuesday, November 17 at their regularly-scheduled meeting.
In addition to the interviews, selectmen will factor in feedback from BadgeQuest, an independent assessment center that was hired to provide input on the candidates. BadgeQuest assessed all of the candidates at a session held last Friday at the Community Center.
The assessment involved a number of individual exercises, as well as a joint one. The scenarios were designed to assess budgetary, management, and other skills. One exercise had them role playing with an aggressive reporter.
All three selectmen observed the assessment. Giorlandino said he was impressed by the process, calling it “vigorous.” Retired police chiefs from Waltham, Wenham, and Plymouth participated in the assessment.